A panel led by newly-elected Congressman Jimmy Gómez will discuss potential changes that could come to the Affordable Care Act under President Trump’s administration at a public forum in Boyle Heights Wednesday.

The panel is offered as a way to talk about potential options for people covered under what is known as Obamacare “should the Trump Administration and the GOP-controlled Congress take further action on repealing the ACA,” according to a statement released by Gómez. The healthcare forum will bring together Californian health leaders and advocates including President and CEO of the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County Louise McCarthy, Chief Administrative Officer of Keck Medicine of USC Paul Craig, and more.

Over 5 million Californians have insurance through the ACA, according to a press release from Gómez’ office.

The Trump administration and Congress have failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act despite promises and attempts to do so. The Los Angeles Times reports that both Republicans and Democrats believe the healthcare law could be improved. A bipartisan plan could be in the works that is believed to remove the uncertainty over whether the Trump administration would continue to fund assistance to low- and middle-income beneficiaries and would improve insurance markets by offsetting expensive patients and claims, among other things.

The panel will be hosted Wednesday, Aug. 30,  starting at 7 p.m., at Boyle Heights City Hall 2130 1st Street, Los Angeles.

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Kyle Garcia

Kyle García is a former web editor with Boyle Heights Beat.

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